Session Title

New Studies of the North Transept of Reims II: Sculpture

Sponsoring Organization(s)

AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art

Organizer Name

Jennifer M. Feltman

Organizer Affiliation

Florida State Univ.

Presider Name

Paula L. Gerson

Presider Affiliation

Florida State Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Construction of a Sculpted Portal: The Last Judgment Portal of the North Transept of Reims Cathedral

Presenter 1 Name

Iliana Kasarska

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Institut catholique de Paris

Paper Title 2

Royal and Clerical Iconography and the Chronology of the Reims Last Judgment Portal

Presenter 2 Name

Jennifer M. Feltman

Paper Title 3

Echoes of the Iconography of the North Transept on the Reverse Façade of Reims Cathedral

Presenter 3 Name

Donna L. Sadler

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Agnes Scott College

Paper Title 4

Dissent: Satan, Job, and Gregory IX

Presenter 4 Name

Barbara Abou-El-Haj

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Binghamton Univ.

Start Date

12-5-2013 10:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1010

Description

The design and building chronology of the north transept façade of Reims Cathedral continues to be one of the knottiest problems in this building’s history. Even to a casual viewer, the lack of uniformity is apparent and suggests that numerous changes were made in the course of its construction. This raises questions about the function of the portals and the reception of their sculptures that are further complicated by the fact that a cloister originally encumbered the façade, preventing the viewing of its three portals and their sculptures as a whole. Scholars since the time of Hans Kunze (1912) have debated whether or not some of the sculptures were originally intended for an abandoned plan for the west façade. While current opinion has tilted in favor of the north transept as their originally planned location, no consensus has been achieved. This, the second of two sessions on the north transept, will include papers that address questions of construction chronology, iconography, and reception of the north transept sculptures.

Jennifer M. Feltman

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May 12th, 10:30 AM

New Studies of the North Transept of Reims II: Sculpture

Fetzer 1010

The design and building chronology of the north transept façade of Reims Cathedral continues to be one of the knottiest problems in this building’s history. Even to a casual viewer, the lack of uniformity is apparent and suggests that numerous changes were made in the course of its construction. This raises questions about the function of the portals and the reception of their sculptures that are further complicated by the fact that a cloister originally encumbered the façade, preventing the viewing of its three portals and their sculptures as a whole. Scholars since the time of Hans Kunze (1912) have debated whether or not some of the sculptures were originally intended for an abandoned plan for the west façade. While current opinion has tilted in favor of the north transept as their originally planned location, no consensus has been achieved. This, the second of two sessions on the north transept, will include papers that address questions of construction chronology, iconography, and reception of the north transept sculptures.

Jennifer M. Feltman